VE.N.TO Cocktail Drink

VE.N.TO

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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For a cocktail that’s sure to impress, the VE.N.TO recipe is a perfect choice, with its simple yet elegant ingredients that make for a drink that’s both refined and refreshing.

VE.N.TO Drink Recipe

Embrace the essence of Italian craftsmanship with every sip of this VE.N.TO recipe, where the boldness of Grappa meets the sweetness of honey in a delightful symphony.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

212 kl

Ingredients

  • oz White Smooth Grappa
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz honey mix, honey diluted with chamomile infusion instead of water
  • ½ oz chamomile Cordial
  • oz egg white, optional
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon zest, for garnish, optional
  • White grapes, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Small Tumbler Glass
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Strainer
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Start by stirring some ice cubes in your tumbler glass to chill it.
  • Add ⅓ oz egg white (if using), ½ oz chamomile Cordial, ½ oz honey mix, ¾ oz fresh lemon juice, and 1½ oz White Smooth Grappa into the shaker.
  • Fill your shaker with ice cubes.
  • Seal the shaker and shake vigorously the mixture.
  • Strain the mixture into your chilled small tumbler glass, filled with fresh ice cubes.
  • Garnish with lemon zest and white grapes.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Grappa: If you don't have Grappa, you can use vodka as a neutral spirit base, though it will lack a distinctive flavor.
  • Honey Mix: If honey isn't your thing, use simple syrup or agave nectar for a twist.  
  • Chamomile Cordial: No chamomile cordial? Use chamomile tea to get a similar flavor profile or get creative with any tea you have available.
  • Egg White: If you're allergic or dislike egg white, leave it out or use aquafaba for a vegan option that still gives that frothy texture.

Making a Pitcher of VE.N.TO:

  • Scale up the ingredients proportionally to the number of servings you need. For 8 servings, use 360 ml grappa, 180 ml lemon juice, 120 ml honey mix, 120 ml chamomile cordial, and 80 ml egg white.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well.
  • Serve in individual ice-filled small tumbler glasses, garnished accordingly.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Grappa Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spirit that has a botanical profile, or simply use more chamomile cordial to replace the Grappa.
  • Proceed with the rest of the recipe as usual, omitting the alcohol.

Making it Vegan:

  • Egg White Substitute: Use aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) as a one-to-one substitute for egg white to create a frothy texture without using animal products.
  • Ensure the honey mix is vegan-friendly; some vegans do not consume honey so you could use agave syrup or simple sugar syrup as a substitute.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
212
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
16
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
25
g
8
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
24
g
27
%
Potassium
 
45
mg
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
3
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

VE.N.TO Cocktail Drink

VE.N.TO Drink Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Embrace the essence of Italian craftsmanship with every sip of this VE.N.TO recipe, where the boldness of Grappa meets the sweetness of honey in a delightful symphony.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 212

Ingredients
 

  • oz White Smooth Grappa
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz honey mix - honey diluted with chamomile infusion instead of water
  • ½ oz chamomile Cordial
  • oz egg white - optional
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon zest - for garnish, optional
  • White grapes - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Small Tumbler Glass
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Strainer
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Start by stirring some ice cubes in your tumbler glass to chill it.
  • Add ⅓ oz egg white (if using), ½ oz chamomile Cordial, ½ oz honey mix, ¾ oz fresh lemon juice, and 1½ oz White Smooth Grappa into the shaker.
  • Fill your shaker with ice cubes.
  • Seal the shaker and shake vigorously the mixture.
  • Strain the mixture into your chilled small tumbler glass, filled with fresh ice cubes.
  • Garnish with lemon zest and white grapes.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Grappa: If you don't have Grappa, you can use vodka as a neutral spirit base, though it will lack a distinctive flavor.
  • Honey Mix: If honey isn't your thing, use simple syrup or agave nectar for a twist.  
  • Chamomile Cordial: No chamomile cordial? Use chamomile tea to get a similar flavor profile or get creative with any tea you have available.
  • Egg White: If you're allergic or dislike egg white, leave it out or use aquafaba for a vegan option that still gives that frothy texture.

Making a Pitcher of VE.N.TO:

  • Scale up the ingredients proportionally to the number of servings you need. For 8 servings, use 360 ml grappa, 180 ml lemon juice, 120 ml honey mix, 120 ml chamomile cordial, and 80 ml egg white.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well.
  • Serve in individual ice-filled small tumbler glasses, garnished accordingly.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Grappa Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic spirit that has a botanical profile, or simply use more chamomile cordial to replace the Grappa.
  • Proceed with the rest of the recipe as usual, omitting the alcohol.

Making it Vegan:

  • Egg White Substitute: Use aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) as a one-to-one substitute for egg white to create a frothy texture without using animal products.
  • Ensure the honey mix is vegan-friendly; some vegans do not consume honey so you could use agave syrup or simple sugar syrup as a substitute.

What is a VE.N.TO Drink?

A VE.N.TO is a cocktail that marries the crispness of white Grappa with the zest of fresh lemon juice, the sweetness of honey mix, and the subtle floral notes of chamomile cordial. Enthusiasts appreciate the VE.N.TO for its Italian roots and how it honors traditional ingredients in a modern drink, gaining popularity among those who enjoy a sophisticated yet simple cocktail.

A side shot of a VE.N.TO cocktail in small tumbler glass on a black stone coaster placed on a white table with four white grapes, a half lemon, a green cloth, lemon zest on a plate, a jigger and an egg around.

What is a VE.N.TO Drink made of – The ingredients

Before you start making your VE.N.TO drink, prepare these ingredients:

  • White Smooth Grappa: This Italian pomace brandy provides a robust and smooth foundation for the cocktail.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Adds a fresh, citrusy zing that brightens the drink.
  • Honey Mix: Offers a sweet balance to the tartness of the lemon.
  • Chamomile Cordial: Infuses a gentle floral note that complements the honey’s sweetness.
  • Egg White (optional): This creates a silky texture and a frothy top when shaken.

White Grappa, honey mix, chamomile cordial, lemons and egg laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a VE.N.TO?

Follow our easy guide to make your own VE.N.TO Drink:

1
<p>Add some ice cubes and stir them in your glass to chill it.</p>

Add some ice cubes and stir them in your glass to chill it.

2
<p>If you’re using egg white, add it now to your shaker for a creamy texture and a frothy finish.</p>

If you’re using egg white, add it now to your shaker for a creamy texture and a frothy finish.

3
<p>Measure in the chamomile cordial to bring a subtle floral flavor into the mix.</p>

Measure in the chamomile cordial to bring a subtle floral flavor into the mix.

4
<p>Include the honey mix for a sweetness that will balance the lemon’s tartness.</p>

Include the honey mix for a sweetness that will balance the lemon’s tartness.

5
<p>Add the fresh lemon juice to introduce a crisp, citrusy note.</p>

Add the fresh lemon juice to introduce a crisp, citrusy note.

6
<p>Pour the smooth white Grappa into the shaker to establish the cocktail’s strong base.</p>

Pour the smooth white Grappa into the shaker to establish the cocktail’s strong base.

7
<p>Fill the shaker three-quarters full of ice.</p>

Fill the shaker three-quarters full of ice.

8
<p>Seal the shaker and shake everything vigorously to ensure the ingredients are well combined and the mixture is properly chilled.</p>

Seal the shaker and shake everything vigorously to ensure the ingredients are well combined and the mixture is properly chilled.

9
<p>Strain the cocktail into the chilled small tumbler glass, filled with fresh ice cubes to keep it cool.</p>

Strain the cocktail into the chilled small tumbler glass, filled with fresh ice cubes to keep it cool.

10
<p>Garnish with a twist of lemon peel and a few white grapes slices to enhance the drink’s aroma and presentation.</p>

Garnish with a twist of lemon peel and a few white grapes slices to enhance the drink’s aroma and presentation.

Can I use Gin instead of Grappa for a VE.N.TO Drink?

Using gin instead of Grappa in a VE.N.TO cocktail significantly changes the flavor profile. Gin brings its botanical notes, which can add a complex, aromatic dimension to the drink, contrasting with Grappa’s smoother, grape-based character. Grappa’s subtle fruitiness and warmth often serve as a backdrop for the other ingredients, while gin might push the cocktail in a more herbaceous direction. This switch would create a cocktail that respects the original’s spirit but introduces a distinctly different character.

A side shot of a VE.N.TO cocktail in small tumbler glass on a black stone coaster placed on a white table with six white grapes, a half lemon, a green cloth, a jigger and an egg around.

Is the VE.N.TO listed as an IBA cocktail?

The VE.N.TO is listed as an IBA (International Bartenders Association) cocktail, a testament to its unique character and growing popularity. This recognition places the VE.N.TO among the ranks of time-honored classics and modern favorites curated by the IBA to represent the gold standard in mixology. Including the IBA list means that the VE.N.TO not only boasts a harmonious blend of Grappa, lemon juice, honey mix, and chamomile cordial but also meets the exacting standards of the world’s leading bartending authority. It’s a nod to the cocktail’s balanced flavor and embodiment of contemporary cocktail craftsmanship, ensuring that bartenders around the globe can replicate this Italian-inspired creation with precision and flair.

A VE.N.TO cocktail, shot from above, in small tumbler glass on a black stone coaster placed on a white table with six white grapes, a half lemon, a green cloth, lemon zest on a plate, a jigger and an egg around.

History and Origin of the VE.N.TO

Unlike classic cocktails whose stories have been told and retold, the VE.N.TO is more a contemporary creation, emerging from the modern Italian cocktail scene. Invented by Samuele Ambrosi from GrappaRevolution and Leonardo Varesi from the Riva Bar, it showcases ingredients that are quintessentially Italian, like Grappa, whose roots are deeply embedded in Italy’s rich tradition of distilling and cocktail craftsmanship. The name, the Italian word for “wind,” implies that the drink is refreshing with a taste as gentle as a breeze. Including modern elements like chamomile cordial and honey, the mix shows that the VE.N.TO is a product of current mixology trends, marrying traditional spirits with innovative flavors. As it stands, the VE.N.TO is making its way into the global cocktail repertoire, carried by its unique blend of flavors and its embodiment of contemporary Italian elegance.

A VE.N.TO cocktail on a white marmol table with a White Grappa bottle, a honey mix bottle, a chamomile cordial bottle, an egg and two lemons around.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a VE.N.TO?
A standard VE.N.TO has approximately 200-250 calories, depending on the specific ingredients used.
How strong is a VE.N.TO cocktail?
The alcohol by volume (ABV) of a VE.N.TO typically ranges from 25-30%, making it 50-60 proof.
What type of alcohol is in a VE.N.TO?
White smooth Grappa is the primary alcohol used in a VE.N.TO.
In which glass do you serve a VE.N.TO?
A VE.N.TO is best served in a small tumbler glass.
What does a VE.N.TO taste like?
A VE.N.TO offers a harmonious blend of herbal, floral, and citrus notes with a sweet and slightly bitter undertone.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a VE.N.TO?
The typical ratio for a VE.N.TO is 3 parts grappa, 1.5 parts lemon juice, 1 part honey mix, and 1 part chamomile cordial, with the addition of some egg white.
How do you serve a VE.N.TO?
Serve a VE.N.TO over ice to ensure it's refreshingly cold.
Is the egg white necessary in a VE.N.TO?
No, the egg white is optional; it adds a frothy texture.

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